Best tips to take amazing photos of little girls
First of all, you need to understand the most important part of a photograph – the light. Lighting is everything! The trick is to use a great quality camera and shoot in manual mode. This way you can adjust the light as you like. I always recommend using natural light because you can really control the lighting and it is always better than artificial light.
Try different angles and poses
When photographing a child it is best to keep the shot simple. The most effective pose is standing or sitting still. Children move quickly, so if you have time to compose a photo, it will be much better. You can make the subject look big by having her sit against a wall and making her body look bigger.
If you have access to a tripod and a remote shutter release, I would recommend taking advantage of it. If you are shooting in auto-mode, you will not be able to shoot fast enough. When working with children, I prefer using a telephoto lens (300mm). This way you can get much closer to the subject and she won’t feel like you are invading her space.
Include a bit of background
A nice touch to a photograph is to include a bit of the surrounding scenery. Add a flower to the foreground or put the subject in front of a tree. Just make sure you don’t let the background distract from the child.
Make sure to get as close to the child as possible. If you are photographing in the evening, shoot towards dusk, when the light is soft but there are still shadows. You should be shooting in RAW format because this gives you the most control over the light.
Try to stay out of the child’s face
Children are very expressive and if you’re too close, it will appear unnatural. By keeping the focus on her eyes, hair and clothing, you will get a more natural result.
Shoot in auto-mode
This is especially true if you’re photographing a group of children. Try to take pictures in a continuous sequence because it will be easier for you to get all the shots you want.
If you aren’t used to shooting children, it can take a little while to get a good pose. Don’t expect to get perfect shots right away.
Please remember to relax and enjoy the experience. When I first started, I felt like it was not good. Now, I love my job and look forward to spending time with children.